Kari is the Artistic Director and owner of Synergy Dance Academy which opened its doors in the Fall of 2012. Kari received her dance training at Monona Academy of Dance under the direction of JoJean Retrum and Jean Adams. Although dance was a big part of her life growing up, art, education and volunteer work were her passions for many years before starting Synergy.
Kari has an Associate Degree in Commercial Art and a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. She is a Past President of the Junior League of Madison, WI, and has served on various volunteer boards and committees for The Ronald McDonald House, Agrace Hospice Care, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Fishing without Boundaries, Madison Children’s Museum, Edgewood Campus School, Edgewood High School, University of Madison Children’s Hospital and the Susan B. Koman Foundation. She is particularly proud of Synergy’s “Chance To Dance” program that provides children with developmental differences an opportunity to explore and express themselves through music and movement.
Kari has been married to her High School sweetheart, Bryant, since 1995, and has two daughters, Allie age 18, and Jenna age 15. Both have been dancing since they were three and continue to assist and teach classes at Synergy.